July 2, 2024
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Axis celebrates 40 years with sustainability woven into future success

A total commitment to people and planet with release of its 2023 Sustainability Report and validation by SBTi of ambitious CO₂e reduction targets affirmed on milestone anniversary.

Axis Communications, a leader in network video, is proudly celebrating four decades of innovation and excellence in the video surveillance industry as it affirms a rigid commitment to the environment and meeting its ambitious sustainability targets. As it marks its 40th milestone, it has announced the publication of the Axis Sustainability Report 2023 and confirmed its ongoing commitment to reduce the impact of its own operations and its value chain on the environment with validation by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) of its total global greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.

Since its founding in 1984, Axis has revolutionised the security landscape, pioneering the shift from analogue to digital surveillance and setting new standards for video surveillance technology. From the introduction of the world’s first network camera to the development of cutting-edge analytics and AI-powered solutions, Axis has remained at the forefront of technological advancement, empowering customers with smarter, more efficient security solutions.

“Reaching this significant anniversary is testament to our relentless commitment to innovation, quality, and sustainability,” said Ettiene Van Der Watt, Regional Director, Middle East & Africa of Axis Communications. “But this is not just about celebrating the past 40 years of achievements, it is also about demonstrating our uncompromising commitment to realising over the years and decades to come our sustainability goals. Collectively, the scope of these initiatives means every aspect of our business – from the raw materials used in component manufacturing to energy consumption and the approach to recycling products at their end-of-life – will need to demonstrably contribute to the achievement of emissions reduction targets. Put simply, we are committed to our sustainability agenda to ensure the next 40 years are as rewarding as the last.”

Axis Sustainability Report 2023

Axis signed the UN Global Compact 2007, and its strategies and operations are aligned with these universal principles on human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. Axis also supports the 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN 2030 Agenda, which act as a blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet.

In its annual sustainability report for 2023, created in line with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards and the UN Global Compact, Axis improved in several areas related to sustainability, while the company continued its growth journey. Axis remains ambitious and uncompromising in its aims to be a long-term, profitable growth organisation, and as a company that contributes to a better society.

Key highlights from 2023 include:

  • Progress within human rights due diligence, including mapping of salient human rights risk areas
  • Improved capabilities for customers to manage energy consumption in Axis products
  • Increased share of cameras with renewable carbon-based plastic
  • Increased share of BFR/CFR free cameras
  • Enhanced anti-corruption awareness, including training for employees with 90%+ completion rate.

Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a global body enabling businesses to set ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets in line with the latest climate science. Axis is one of more than 5,000 organisations around the world setting targets that are in line with the level of decarbonisation required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, to limit global warming to well-below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C.

Axis commits to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 42% by 2030 from a 2022 base year. Axis also commits to reduce scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions from purchased goods and services, upstream transportation and distribution, and use of sold products by 51.6% per sold unit within the same timeframe.

Carl Trotzig, Director Environment & Supply Chain Sustainability at Axis, commented: “Axis has long been committed to reducing the impact of our entire value chain on the environment. This includes identifying the key areas of focus for reducing emissions within our own business, our suppliers and manufacturers, and in the lifetime use of our products. Taking a science-based approach fits with our ethos, and having our targets validated by the SBTi only adds more momentum to our efforts.”

Ettiene Van Der Watt, Regional Director, Middle East & Africa of Axis Communications concludes, “Axis has, from its inception, strived to create groundbreaking products, to get the most from network technology, and to build upon a foundation of strong core values which put its customers first. We may only have coined the term ‘Innovating for a smarter, safer world’ in 2013, but this has defined the company’s vision from the outset: Axis has spent the past 40 years learning, discovering new innovations to make its products, technology, and relationships stronger. We look forward to continuing our mission of innovating for a smarter, safer world.”

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